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Single Incision Gastric Sleeve

Many patients want to experience the life-changing benefits of bariatric surgery but are worried about a lengthy recovery or scarring.

We provide a single incision gastric sleeve procedure in Tijuana, Mexico, to minimize scarring and reduce your discomfort during recovery.

Curious about what makes this procedure so great? 

An Advanced Bariatric Technique

Minimal Invasiveness

A single incision gastric sleeve only requires one small incision inside the belly button. A tiny camera is then inserted, which allows your doctor to navigate precisely without creating a large incision and scar.

Improved Surgical & Recovery Experience

Because the procedure is less invasive, you can typically expect a shorter recovery time, minimized discomfort, and reduced risk of complications. Additionally, the discreet incision leads to little to no scarring.*

Significant Weight Loss

Achieving your weight loss goals has many life-changing advantages, including boosting your self-confidence, reducing your risk of obesity-related health issues, and improving your overall health.*

How much weight can I expect to lose?*

Single incision gastric sleeve surgery may not be the right solution for every patient...

Candidacy Factors Include:


Candidates must have a BMI between 34 and 39. A BMI over 40 requires more extensive surgery.

Prior Surgeries

You cannot have had more than two abdominal surgeries, as it can increase your risk of complications.

Commitment to Weight Loss

To achieve the best outcome, you must be committed to maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen.

How does the procedure work?

Understanding the Single Incision Laparoscopic Sleeve (SILS)

SILS surgical port

SILS is an advanced, minimally invasive technique used in bariatric surgery to ease post-operative discomfort and reduce complications. During traditional laparoscopic procedures, surgeons make four to five incisions in the abdomen to access the digestive tract. SILS builds on this foundation, but uses a single incision hidden by the belly button instead of multiple openings. Dr. Fernando Garcia is among a select few doctors in North America who are qualified to perform this technically difficult procedure.

Single Incision Laparoscopic Sleeve

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One incision may not seem like enough...

Laparoscopic Surgery Uses Advanced Techniques for Precise Results

During a SILS procedure, your surgeon will use a thin fiber-optic camera attached to a monitor which acts as a visual aid. The single incision is known as a "port" and acts as the primary point of access for the entire procedure.  

Due to his advanced training, Dr. Garcia can use specialized instruments passed through this port to perform the gastric sleeve procedure with little to no scarring.

What actually happens during a SILS gastrectomy?

The Single Incision Sleeve Gastrectomy Procedure


During the first step of your procedure, the doctor will place you under general anesthesia to ensure your comfort.


Your surgeon will create a single incision in your belly button and place the port.

Sleeve Surgery

A portion of your stomach will be removed and the remaining section will be shaped into an oblong tube.

Final Steps

Your new stomach will be sealed and the incision in your belly button will be closed.

More Information about Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery

While SILS can be paired with many bariatric surgeries, it is mostly used with restrictive gastric sleeve surgery. After making the incision, your surgeon will remove 80 percent of the stomach to reduce its capacity. As a result, patients experience less hunger and fill up faster at meals.

Because single incision laparoscopic sleeve only requires a single incision, patients enjoy little to no scarring. Surgeons can make the incision either around the belly button to ensure that scars are as discreet as possible.

By choosing to undergo a single incision gastric sleeve surgery with the Tijuana Bariatric Center, you can expect to pay just a fraction of the cost you would pay for bariatric surgery in the U.S. Contact the practice today to learn more about how this safe and cost-effective surgery can help you reach your treatment goals.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a minimally invasive version of the gastric sleeve procedure that requires only one incision. While the procedure takes slightly longer, lasting about an hour, the recovery is very similar to the traditional procedure. Patients can rest assured that the doctors within the Tijuana Bariatric Center network are qualified to provide safe laparoscopic bariatric surgery. *Note: There is no guarantee of Specific Results. Results can vary for each individual.

Candidates for the Procedure

Not everyone is a candidate for SILS surgery. Your body mass index (BMI), earlier weight loss attempts, and previous surgeries all play a role in determining your candidacy for the procedure. If you have a BMI between 34 and 39, or if you have 32 BMI and as well as certain co-morbidities, you may qualify for this surgery. Your doctor can counsel you during the decision-making process to ensure that you receive the best treatment for your goals.

Tijuana Bariatric Center Dedicated to Excellence

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By undergoing your weight loss surgery through Tijuana Bariatric Center, you will receive unparalleled care:

  • Current infection rate is 0 percent 
  • Facilities are held to the same standards as those in the U.S.
  • Stunning results at affordable prices
  • Ethical and compassionate care 

To schedule your consultation, complete a request online or call (877) 638-9284.

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